Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation, Inc. (MCYAF)

Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation, Inc. (MCYAF) MCYAF is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to decreasing use of alcohol, to***co and

Our Values:
•We believe in drug-free and alcohol-free youth.
•We take actions that are proven effective.
•We are a community of committed partners.
•Our decisions are based on data, not opinions.
•We use clear, collaborative processes.
•We support policies that address all youth.
•We are mission-driven.





It has been an honor and privilege to work with Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation (MCYAF) for the past 10 years. Due to many factors, the board of directors and I made the difficult decision to close the organization.

Thank you to the thousands of people who have worked with us and provided the very needed support to continue our mission when all the grants ended. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Although the problem of teen drug and alcohol use has not disappeared, MCYAF no longer has the resources to adequately address prevention. While we are no longer involved, there are many more organizations which will be.

Kicking off the “One Pill Can Kill” opioid campaign in Maine Township was our last hurrah and I leave this in the very capable hands of Marty Cook of Maine Township. I encourage everyone to attend the One Pill Can Kill presentation on Sept 27, 2023 . I will post the link to this event in my next post.

Thank you Niles Fire Dept.  for participating in and showing the “One Pill Can Kill “ sign. Spreading awareness about th...

Thank you Niles Fire Dept. for participating in and showing the “One Pill Can Kill “ sign. Spreading awareness about the dangers of fentanyl and other opiates will help us stop this epidemic!

In 2022, over 100,00 Americans have died from Fentanyl overdose use, most of which are youth. Niles Family Services Engage program joins surrounding communities to help educate parents, kids, and community members on the 'One Pill Can Kill' signs that have been placed around the village to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic and get our community talking so that lives can be saved. Niles Fire Chief Marty Feld help kicks off August as Overdose Awareness month. If you or a family member are in need of help or you are needing more information contact NFS engage at (847) 588-8474.
Niles Fire Department Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation, Inc. (MCYAF) Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA

MCYAF is hosting a FREE open to the general public, Narcan training session on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at Maine East High ...

MCYAF is hosting a FREE open to the general public, Narcan training session on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at Maine East High School. There will be two sessions , one at 6:30 pm and one at 7:00 pm. Narcan is the drug administered to reverse an opioid overdose. The training is intended for people with no prior medical knowledge.

Free Narcan Training Anyone interested in learning about the opioid epidemic and learning to administer emergency Narcan treatment.


To the Graduating Class of 2023:

Our son Brian Hoeflinger died in a tragic car accident four months before graduating high school at the young age of 18. He was a kid just like you who had hopes and aspirations of going to college and having a full happy life.

On the night he died, he was at a party with friends drinking vodka and ended up driving intoxicated. I remember the phone call we received late that night when we learned Brian had been in a car accident. The sickening feeling in the pit of your stomach and the frantic racing of your heart when you don’t know if your child has been hurt or if he is even still alive. Your entire body trembles uncontrollably with fear as you anticipate what you will be told on the phone. We were told to come to the hospital immediately.

I remember the drive to the hospital. It was cold and snowing that night. We were so scared of what we were about to find out. How badly was our son Brian injured? When my wife and I arrived at the hospital, we were told Brian was dead. Our bodies were numb. We immediately felt empty and completely alone inside. “How can this nightmare be real?” is all you can think to yourself.

We were walked back to the room where Brian was. That image of our son lying there on a cold gurney dead at age 18 will never leave our minds for as long as we live. His pale lifeless body lying there almost as though he were asleep, wishing he were only asleep but knowing all to well that he was dead and never coming back home with us ever again. It is the worst singular feeling we have ever experienced in our lives.

The second worst feeling was telling our other three children at home about an hour later that their older brother Brian was dead and gone forever. The pain we inflicted upon them at that moment in the middle of the night was unthinkable. There are no words to give justice to what took place. At our children’s request, we took them to the hospital to see Brian. It would be the last time that they would ever get to see him so close to being alive. It was heartbreaking to watch Kevin, Julie and Christie say goodbye to their big brother forever that night. The lasting image of him lying there dead on a gurney in the emergency department permanently seared into their minds. That life we had with Brian is over now and an unwelcome new life without Brian has taken its place.

We tell you this story because Brian could be any one of you, if you choose to drink. And we say choose, because it is your choice and nobody else’s. Once you take your first drink of alcohol, you are not making the decisions, the alcohol is. You are putting yourself and others at risk for injury or, even worse, dying like Brian.

Now you may say that Brian was stupid and not a responsible person. You would never be that dumb or make that mistake and it could never happen to you. Well, Brian used to say that too and look how it turned out for him. Let us tell you, Brian was not a stupid person. He had a 4.5 GPA, 32 ACT score, was a 4 handicap golfer, and was accepted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which was his first choice in colleges. Brian always made good decisions until alcohol was involved. You see, you can’t make good decisions when you drink alcohol. No matter how much you think you can, you can’t. Brian proved that.

He is now frozen in time at the age 18 with no chance to move forward or to make a difference in the lives of others. As for you, you are very much alive and able to make your destiny what you want. This is a very defining time in your life because at this moment you are able to choose the path in life you wish to follow. At this moment, you have the chance to help change the future by taking a stand against drinking, especially drinking and driving. You are able to define who you are and to make a difference now. It is your time to be a leader that others will want to follow.

It is a privilege to be alive and to be able to make a difference in the lives of others. Brian lost that chance with a bad decision and we’re sure he wouldn’t make that same mistake twice. But for Brian, there is no second chance. No chance to redo things. As for you, you still have the chance to make a difference in your life and in the lives of others. If we could ask you to remember just one thing from this letter, it would be to have fun without drinking. Be a leader and make it cool not to drink. You can do it. We know you can.

And lastly, but most importantly, don’t Drink and Drive or ride with someone who has been drinking. If you could feel for only a brief moment the extreme anguish and pain that we as a family feel over Brian’s death every moment of every day, then you would understand what drinking can cost you and your family. Please think about it.
Think about what Brian lost, all his hopes, dreams and ultimately his life, as a result of alcohol. Please don't make the same mistake. Stay safe and make it to graduation. Don't put your family through what we are going through.

The Hoeflinger family

Brian would have graduated June 6, 2013 from Ottawa Hills High School in Toledo, Ohio. He would be 28 years old now. As you are going through the fun and excitement of these final days, preparing for prom, graduation ceremonies and all the parties of your friends, think of us. There are no memories of senior prom for us or pictures of his graduation that we have. During graduation, we sat in the audience, not the proud parents of a wonderful son accepting his diploma with his classmates, but the parents choking back tears of grief and regret that he was not there. We are the parents who were never able to visit their son at college or who will never meet the wife and grandchildren that could have been. We are the siblings mourning the death of the brother that we all looked up to but will never see again. For us, this is the harsh reality of teenage drinking.

The above letter is part of a book that we wrote shortly after Brian's death. The book is titled, "The Night He Died: The Harsh Reality of Teenage Drinking." The book is real life. Have your kids read it. Their perspective on drinking alcohol will change. I promise.

Most Importantly, Please Share this Post with all your Facebook friends in hopes that we can save at least one graduating senior and their family from an unnecessary tragedy due to alcohol this prom and graduation season. Every senior should make it to graduation day!


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Fentanyl is a highly potent synthetic opioid primarily used as an analgesic. Since 2018, fentanyl and its analogues have...

Fentanyl is a highly potent synthetic opioid primarily used as an analgesic. Since 2018, fentanyl and its analogues have been responsible for most drug overdose deaths in the United States, causing over 71,238 deaths in 2021.

MCYAF and District 207 are joining together to launch a Fentanyl awareness campaign. If you would like a sign for your lawn or business, please let me know in the comments section. Thank you to The Montgomery Family who has generously financed this campaign.

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Volunteers Barb and Matthew work together to assemble our signs for our campaign “ One Pill Can Kill”

Volunteers Barb and Matthew work together to assemble our signs for our campaign “ One Pill Can Kill”


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Please submit name ideas through our Instagram story this week - we will then choose a handful to vote on! And while you're here, drop a warm fuzzy in the comments and tag someone you can't wait to see this Summer. 🕶


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District 207's Financial Aid Night
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